Planet Of The Apes

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20th Century Fox Released 2001

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Director:
Tim Burton (I)
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13

Planet of the Apes is the 2001 remake of the classic original film, adapted from the source novel by Pierre Bouille (Bridge on the River Kwai), and brought to the big screen this time by macabre mind Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice). On a training run in space, astronaut Captain Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg, The Departed, The Fighter) and his team run afoul of a strange singularity in outer space that sucks in their ship, crash landing them on a strange, seemingly uninhabited planet. Upon further exploration, Leo discovers that the planet is ruled by a race of super intelligent apes that seem to be the dominant species ' humans like he reduced to servitude. This doesn't sit well with Leo, who decides to revolt in his own way, defying those apes in power and trying to escape to get back to his ship and book. Only one ape, the lovely Ari (Helena Bonham Carter, Fight Club, Sweeney Todd) is sympathetic to his plight and seeks to aid him in his quest.

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  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    When Mr. Burton's "Planet" fixes on being entertaining...it succeeds. But the picture states its social points so bluntly that it becomes slow-witted and condescending; it treats t...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Outside of a hyper-energetic, irresistibly evil portrayal by Tim Roth as General Thade, the baddest ape in town, the sad truth about Planet of the Apes is that, disappointingly, it...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Largely listless and witless, this extensive reworking of the 1968 sci-fi favorite simply isn't very exciting or imaginative; most surprisingly, given the material, it's also Burto...

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